Do you routinely practice at-home dental care? Can you name the date of your last dental checkup and cleaning? Have you been actively searching for ways to improve your oral hygiene? Whether you’re a dental care champion, or a beginning advocate, you should be aware of your toothbrush care. Dr. Hussong and our team at Cornerstone Dental in Polk City, IA agree that your oral cleaning device should be considered in the preventive dentistry discussion.
Bacteria Possess A Preference
Did you know that there are over 600 different types of identifiable bacteria in your mouth? That suggests that your oral hygiene habits may mean the difference between oral infection and disease, or a clean, healthy mouth. Among the myriad of bacteria, they all have their own environmental preference to thrive. The anaerobic bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease prefer damp, moist locations vacant of oxygen. Practicing proper preventive dental care remains vital to your oral health and reducing the microorganism presence in your oral cavity.
The Tip Of The Toothbrush
The following list shows some guidelines in caring for your toothbrush and the reasons why said tips are important to maintaining your oral health:
The Rinse: After using your toothbrush, make sure that you remove all lingering food particles, saliva accumulation, or blood droplets. The bristles of your brush exist as prime territory for bacteria, viruses, and fungi to survive until your next use.
The Storage: Your toothbrush is usually damp after use, which means one of the three criteria fits the environmental mold for bacteria growth. Depending on how you store your brush could mean checking off the other two criteria, too: dark and oxygen free. Storing your toothbrush in a vertical position somewhere to achieve an “air dry” effect reduces the chance of microorganisms surviving in between uses.
The Replacement: As you use your brush, pay attention to the bristle integrity. If you notice fraying, replace your oral cleaning device as soon as possible. However, the general rule is to replace you toothbrush every three-to-four months.
The Share: In no circumstance should you be sharing your toothbrush with anyone else. Whether the two of you have a clean bill of health, or are suffering from the same illness, sharing a brush could mean cross contamination, or worse, the facilitation of bacteria or a virus otherwise controlled prior to sharing.
About Dr. Hussong
At Cornerstone Dental: Ryan Hussong, DDS is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether your smile is in the grips of a dental disease, or you simply want to learn more about protecting your family’s smiles, Dr. Hussong has the experience to help you protect, preserve, and restore your oral health. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001.